TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2006 - Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee today announced that it has licensed its V-chip technology under United States Patent # 5,828,402 (the '402 Patent) and Canadian Patent # 2,179,474 to original equipment manufacturer Top Powersonic Co., Ltd. of Taiwan. The license covers all digital receiver products produced for sale in the United States and Canada. The license is valid through the expiration of the patent in 2016.
To date, Tri-Vision has issued 67 licenses for its U.S. and/or Canadian Patents to companies which include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Pioneer, Philips, JVC, Panasonic, Sharp, LG Electronics, Samsung, Funai, Orion, Apex, Korat Denki, World, Eastech, Toshiba, eRAE, Seiko Epson, Xiamen, Shenzhen KXD, NewLane, Konka, TTE, Optoma, Coretronic, ViewSonic, Snytax-Brillian, NEC, AKAI, Chunghwa, Humax, Shinco, Jabil Circuit, LiteOn and others. A number of other major corporations including Dell Inc., have committed to selling televisions under Tri-Vision's license.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated phased-in rules to ensure that the V-chip can respond to any rating system changes in all digital television receiver products by March 1, 2007. Tri-Vision's open V-chip (also known as V-chip 2.0) is the only known patented technology capable of accepting modified or new rating systems. The FCC ruling took effect on March 15, 2006.
About Top Powersonic:
Established in 2002 as the LCD Multi-Media Display arm of the established Heron Corporation of Taiwan, the Company boasts five fully functioning R&D teams and several mass production assembly lines. The Company offers 18 LCD television models ranging in size from 15 to 47 inches.
Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltee is a public company founded in 1986. Shares of the Company trade on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol TVL. Tri-Vision operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. and Think Broadband Solutions Inc.
Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. - Licenses V-chip globally and owns the sole rights to U.S. V-chip Patent # 5,828,402 and Canadian V-chip Patent # 2,179,474 and 2,342,045. This subsidiary also markets Data Video Distribution Systems, Secure Pay TV, Addressable Pay TV (pay per view), Hotel Pay TV and Cable TV equipment worldwide.
Think Broadband Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor to Canada's broadband industry for Scientific Atlanta, PCT North America, Andrew Corp., and Conax. The division specializes in digital video system design and integration, in-country equipment sales and supply, logistical support, niche product design and development, in-house and offshore manufacturing capabilities.
To find out more about Tri-Vision International Ltd., visit our website at www.tri-vision.ca.